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2018 XML Announcement

Change Log Parameters

Since Liquibase 1.7

Liquibase allows dynamic substitution of parameters in a changelog. The parameters to replace are described using the ${} syntax.

Configuring parameter values

Parameter values are looked up in the following order:

  • Passed as a parameter to your Liquibase runner (see Ant, command_line, etc. documentation for how to pass them)
  • As a JVM system property
  • In the parameters block (<property> Tag) of the DatabaseChangeLog file itself
  • As an environment variable


<createTable tableName="${}">
     <column name="id" type="int"/>
     <column name="${}" type="varchar(${column1.length})"/>
     <column name="${}" type="int"/>

    <property name="clob.type" value="clob" dbms="oracle"/>
    <property name="clob.type" value="longtext" dbms="mysql"/>

    <changeSet id="1" author="joe">
         <createTable tableName="${}">
             <column name="id" type="int"/>
             <column name="${}" type="${clob.type}"/>
             <column name="${}" type="int"/>


Defines a parameter for the changelog. Given a list of contexts and/or databases, the parameter will be only used in those contexts and/or databases.

Available Attributes

nameName of the table's schema required
valueName of the column's table required
contextContexts given as comma separated list.
dbmsDatabase types given as comma separated list.
globalDefines whether the property is global or limited to a databaseChangeLog. Given as "true" or "false".


    <property name="simpleproperty" value="somevalue"/>
    <property name="clob.type" value="clob" dbms="oracle,h2"/>
    <property name="clob.type" value="longtext" dbms="mysql"/>
    <property name="myproperty" value="yes" context="common,test"/>
    <property name="localproperty" value="foo" global="false"/>